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Red-shouldered Hawk - Buteo lineatus

A medium sized hawk, resident around Montreal throughout the year. This species is a forest raptor searching for prey while perched on a treetop or soaring over woodland.

Common Names

  • Red-shouldered Hawk (en)
  • Busardo hombrorrojo (es)
  • Buse √† √©paulettes (fr)
  • Rotschulterbussard (de)


  • Accipitriformes
  • Accipitridae
  • Buteo lineatus

Where & When to Spot

For the best chance to see one or even a couple, visit Park Angrignon, Park Pointe-aux-Prairies or Park Bernard-Laundry (Laval) in winter or early spring. Best season of the year is winter or early spring due to lack of leaves. This species likes to perch on treetop and without lush vegetation it is better visible.

How to Identify

Look for the reddish colouring of breast and shoulder. On flight, notice the reddish color on the lower part of the tail feathers.


Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

The rare opportunity to see this hawk species so close. A large bird, resting on a lower branch in Park Bernard Landry, Laval.

Park Bernard-Landry - 2021-04-10

NIKON Z 6; 70-200mm f/2.8; Focal Length 200mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f2.8; Iso 360;

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Park Pointe aux Prairies - 2016-03-22

NIKON D7100; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1600; Aperture f6.3; Iso 200;

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